MTO News is sad to report that Nathaniel Taylor, best-known for playing Rollo on "Sanford and Son" (1972-1977), died on Thursday following a massive heart attack. Nathaniel was 80 years old. According to his friend, entertainer/promoter Alonzo Williams, Taylor suffered a heart attack and was hospitalized on Saturday Feb. 23. He transitioned Feb. 27. He would have celebrated his 81st birthday next month on March 31.
The Sanford & Son actors family took to social media to discuss his death last night.
But Nathaniel's death was officially confirmed by promoter Alonzo Williams, a family friend who wrote on social media:
“Today black Hollywood lost a 70s legend Nathaniel Taylor better known as 'Rolo' of the hit show Sanford and son past Feb 27th at UCLA medical center of complications from a recent heart attack.
Taylor's character on Sanford and was the lovable, funny but questionable friend of Lamont the co-star of the show. Services are yet to be announced.”
Taylor leaves behind his wife Loretta as well as 4 daughters, two sons and numerous grandkids and great grandkids. Services are yet to be announced
Here’s a brief bio of Taylor vis Wikipedia:
Nathaniel Taylor (born March 31, 1938) is an American television actor, best known for his recurring role as Rollo Lawson in the 1970s sitcom “Sanford and Son,” a role he later reprised on its short-lived 1980-1981 spin-off “Sanford.”
He later played the first version of Jim-Jam with Redd Foxx on the 1986 series “The Redd Foxx Show.” Later, he played Rerun’s (Fred Berry) brother-in-law Ike in the sitcom “What’s Happening!!.”
Taylor also was featured in “Trouble Man” starring Robert Hooks as one of Mr. Big’s henchmen.